If you drive an expensive car you're probably a jerk, scientists say

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    I agree. A healthy amount of skepticism is a good thing. Critical thinking, which is not taught in schools any more, is a good thing.

    That doesn't mean that you have so much doubt about things that you erode your ability to actually KNOW things. That's where modern skepticism seems to lead, anyway.
     
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    Some scientists take their expertise in one area and automatically think that means they're experts in everything else. Then they write books that should embarrass them, but they're too dumb to know it.
     
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    For a Transit Connect? The one based on an Escort?

    If so, how much is a full size Transit van?
     
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    Or maybe it's because rich people tend to be jerks?
     
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    I'm certain this is true. I was a total a**h*** on the road with my 911 during my career days. My mantra was,"lead, follow or get out of the way" ... at work and on the road. I could shift down to 4th gear at 125MPH, so anyone thinking that they could pass this India Red Porsche had a surprise comin' and it wasn't gonna happen. I had monster Cibie lights mounted on front to blind the driver ahead of me, so that they would get out of my way. I would laugh at how desperately they would grab their inside rear view mirror.:twisted:

    Now, when a stack of a**h***s line up behind my slumbering CJ-7, I just pull off to the shoulder to let them by.:)
     
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    Think and stink. Brain and drain. They sound alike. They must mean the same thing or close. I thought I was catching on then I remembered how some of the systems I use and administer work.
     
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    BTW, for data to support OP.

    At bank drive through yesterday I arrived in the business lane after a Porsche Cayenne in the next lane. Initially I didn't put any thought to it but I was done faster - just deposit in the business lane. Two blocks down the road from the bank he caught up, tailgated me, passed me and flipped me off but was caught at a light I made. The bonehead was more pissed off when he caught up at the next light. I'm sure I'd have reacted differently if I was 19 or 23 but I mostly had inner laughs at a foolish person.
     
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    I was at the bank a few weeks ago filling out a deposit ticket at a table when an obviously more important gentleman walked in and went straight to a window where he proceeded to start filling out tickets for more than one transaction.
    Meanwhile two of us who were clearly less important waited for a teller while he was not handing the teller he was holding up any tickets yet.

    He did notice the line behind him ready to go so I suppose he was aware of his self important behavior, but apparently he didn’t care.

    For me I find pompous self righteousness is it’s own punishment.
    Living in the rationalization and justification required to maintain a sense of superiority over our peers is likely not the happiest option.

    I can guess that the individual is a local business owner in this town where businesses refuse to pay much more than minimum wage for employees that greet customers and represent the business owner to the public.
    Since locals don’t apply for the hundreds of low paying fairly high stress jobs, owners import workers from other countries, charging them usually $100/ week to share a room over a garage or in a basement with several other imported workers.
    All of this seems related to a sense of micro importance where nothing matters unless it adds to their own comfort and security.

    My feeling is that my community is a part of my comfort and security, and when some choose to turn their backs on the majority in community and only consider wealth a priority; there is a price they eventually have to pay.

    Hard to say what that price may be but it seems this system is growing more and more unsustainable.
     
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    Quick, someone suggest some bumper stickers to make me feel better!
     
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    I can't pretend to know the methodology to this study.... but, I always wonder if confirmation bias isn't the real determining factor (on both sides or all sides) of this kind of a study.

    Lately, I find Tesla drivers and drivers of the nissan altima to be the most likely to do dangerous and selfish moves in traffic...

    I strongly suspect that it is my mind constructing it (or observing it) and then repeatedly looking for and finding bad behavior while likely ignoring about the same behavior from anonymous others.

    The world has gotten crowded and we've allowed ourselves to be constantly oversubscribed and we have allowed outside forces to create demands of us and (my take) our good nature is exploited and the next thing we know, we have the brass ring and a nice car (we've been convinced is putatively better) and we are rushing and not being kind and the next thing you know... we are all offended and mad and judging others too harshly.

    A lady hit my wife's car the other day in a parking lot. My wife got out of the car and said, 'what in the world?' because this lady had been circling the parking lot at a high rate of speed, then just banged into the FRONT of my wife's car....

    The lady gets out of her car and says, "Don't you dare be mad at me, I have cancer and I'm very upset at getting to my treatments" (my wife was parked at the hospital, on the phone, parked, taking care of some work.)

    When she was telling me the story, my wife laughed and said, 'I'm thinking, you just hit my car and now you are making demands of my mood AND clearly, we're at a hospital where ALL of us are there with some kind of traumatic issue.' but she just shrugged.

    The lady gave my wife her card and said, 'anything that needs to be fixed, my husband will fix it.' My wife took a picture of her license plate and license and her insurance and went back in to be with her mom (in the hospital)...

    I guess we gotta just forgive those trespasses and not worry too much about the label... but, then again, I don't have any of the vehicles on the list, so I COULD pile on.
     
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    My work truck used to say Subvert the dominant paradigm on one side and Imagination is more important than knowledge on the other.

    One morning on the way to a job in Cambridge I was followed for a couple of miles through the city streets and finally accosted at my window when I parked in front of the upper middle class three family.
    Looked like I might get shot but they just wanted to know where I got the first sticker.
    Life changing for them I suppose...
     
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    I drove corvettes for a while. I was always amazed at how nice corvette owners were to each other. Every time I was out in the car folks smiled when they saw it. Wait-why did I sell it?????
     
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    True story. I was in Ithaca, NY and saw a bumper sticker like this on a parked car:

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    I continued walking and around the corner, on a beat up pickup, was the bumper sticker

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    :lol::lol:
     
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    I wish that I were so rich that my everyday ride was a Rolls Royce Phantom. I say ride because I would have the finest chauffeur money could buy, and we'd keep the GOOD car at home for the weekends. As I passed by the great unwashed, I'd have not a thought for those who looked on with both hatred and disdain as I passed them by without so much as a glance. I really would like to be richer than that, but that will do for a start.
     
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    I want to be so rich that I could afford (easily) to bring Joe Bonamassa in off the road, and employ him just to try out guitars for me. I would pay him so much money, he wouldn't even miss the road. When you're that rich of course you have alternate plans in place, so I would move Brent Mason, and the nightclub he plays at out to a remote part of my domicile and when Joe was not feeling well from eating caviar, and drinking ten thousand dollar bottles of wines for supper, I'd have Brent try out a few guitars for me until Joe was feeling better.

    Brent is insisting on moving Nashville out to my place too. Okay, I think we'll just go ahead and do that for him. It's not really that big of a deal, if you have enough money. Now, I must walk out of my office through the shaft that leads to my personal Airbus 380, since I'm off to have lunch with the queen. She thinks she's treating, but I'm just gonna tell the old dear that she can go ahead and live in Buckingham Palace even though I just bought it.
     
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